How to Keep Produce Fresh for Longer

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Do you find your produce spoils quicker than you use it? You’re definitely not alone. Here are some of the most effective ways to keep your produce fresh for longer.

Don’t wash produce until you’re ready to use it

It can be tempting to wash the dirt off your produce as soon as you bring it home, but the truth is, it will last longer when you don’t. Wait until you’re ready to use your produce before you wash it. This is especially true with greens, berries, tomatoes, and cruciferous vegetables.

Prep & store celery and carrots in water

If you want your carrots and celery to stay crisp, store them in a lidded jar (like a mason jar) with water. The water will help prevent them from oxidizing, getting soft, and going bad.

Store washed greens with a paper towel

If you wash your greens but end up with extra you need to store, store them with a paper towel wrapped around them. This will absorb the moisture to prevent them from wilting.

Store in a paper bag

A paper bag absorbs moisture similar to paper towels. If you find your mushrooms get soggy from the condensation in the refrigerator, store them rolled up in a brown paper bag. You can also store onions, garlic, and shallots in a paper bag with holes in it.

Keep citrus in the fridge

If you buy many lemons, limes, or oranges and find they go moldy before you can use them, consider keeping them cool in the refrigerator.

Utilize the freezer

You can freeze all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and citrus. The trick here is to pre-cut them. For example, you will want to peel, cut, and chop them before freezing, especially bananas and ginger.

Don’t let your money go to waste by poorly storing your produce. Use these tips to extend the shelf life of your fruits and vegetables. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

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